Well, I must confess I am a bit confused by this weather we're having. One minute, it's pouring with rain, I can cope with that (for a few days); it means holing up indoors and getting crafty, and hopefully the lawn greening up a bit. In between though, we're being treated to some rather nice spells of sunshine and it remains rather warm. As such, having lots of things to snap and share with you, I thought I'd take advantage of the weather and head outdoors.
Is it because we had a hard Winter, but the roses are doing fabulously this year? My David Austin English roses have now been in the garden for between one and four years. As we were forecast heavy rain yesterday and I knew this would damage all the pretty blooms, I went out snipping and came back with an armful of divine roses which are now looking lovely indoors. They smell heavenly, too. I borrowed them for a bit though, to prettify my dinky outdoor coffee table (£1.50 from the car boot sale a few weeks ago).
The David Austin roses on the archways in the "kitchen garden" (ie. weed jungle!) are so rampant that several of them have broken the arches they are growing on. I think we will have to invest in some more heavy duty replacements and have a bit of a prune later on. Well the idea was good!
This rose is William Morris, a beautiful peachy pink with many petals. This year it is looking the best it ever has.
This one is Winchester Cathedral, also doing well though the flowers are spotted with pink. I quite like this anyway. Perhaps it is the rain? Any rose experts out there?
This one is Gentle Hermione, beautiful by name and by nature.
This year, I decided to order some plants from catalogues but I was a bit shocked to see how tiny they were when they arrived. They were not even the small "plug plants" but they pretty much looked it to me! I spent a fair few hours digging out a lot of little pots and potting all the dinky plants on. They are now fairly flourishing.
Next year, I think I'll buy my plants from the car boot sale though where they are a perfect size and so cheap. Despite the diminutive size of the plants I received, the recent sunshine has really encouraged the plants and the patio is looking more flowery.
Down into the garden then, I've something to show you. I've had quite a few requests for more Union Jack style cushions and this time I have made them extra special, using vintage European fabrics for the bluey backgrounds with modern cotton stripes and each has a pretty detail at the centre, three of them vintage fabrics, one good ole' Cath K.
I like to make the back special, too, with strips of the same vintage fabrics and contrasting buttons.
Yesterday, I was feeling a bit craftily restless. I have been trying to finish a fair few outstanding projects and what I really wanted was to be free to just create something new. Later in the afternoon, having been a good girl, I decided it was time to move on and the pretty vintage embroidered cloth I had recently acquired was at the back of my mind. It's relatively easy to find cloths with scattered floral patterns but ones with scenes are more difficult. They do make the most fab centrepieces for special projects.
I love, love, love this! It turned out much better than I had in my head. It has a mixture of vintage and modern fabrics surrounding the gorgeous centre panel in a traditional log cabin design. I decided not to quilt it with long rows of straight stitching (I find this interferes with the fabrics sometimes) but I had really liked the effect of tying in order to quilt which I first tried in my hour glass cushion. So, that's what I did using vintage perle cotton threads.
Aaarrgghhh! Get away Charlie Boy! He is far too fond of my cushions. Comfy!
The cushions are awaiting new homes in my shop.
Do you remember this thrifty find from a few posts ago?
Well this project has been taking up a fair bit of my time. This is a very special crib for someone's very special dolly. Only the best will do. So, a bit of patchworking needed to take place, dolly deserves her own patchwork quilt, don't you think?
And I am so pleased with this now it is finished. It has been a little labour of love but very enjoyable to complete.
Hmm, dolly will be very cosy in there!
I made a mattress with foam and a calico cover. I then made a bottom sheet out of pretty rosey fabric to cover the mattress. Then we have a pretty topsheet (a vintage embroidered tray cloth) and I decided a vintage woolly blanket would be a good idea which I've blanket edged with vintage pink perle cotton. On top, of course, there is the patchwork quilt, with proper batting in the middle and hand-sewn binding. Finally, there's a little pillow with a removable vintage embroidered pillowcase. I know as a little girl, the more accessories I could faff with, the better!
So there you have it, my garden is looking like a little sale is taking place today! What shall I do now...
...well would you believe it? The weekend yielded me with not just one but a double decker, bunk bed dolly crib set. Oh let me at it!